Employment LawPatricia V. Pierce leads our firm’s employment practice group. Ms. Pierce has over thirty years of experience protecting the rights of individuals in the workplace and in representing and counseling nonprofit corporations, partnerships and small businesses in litigation avoidance. Ms. Pierce has been regularly named to Best Lawyers for nearly two decades and in 2013 was named Best Lawyers’ Employment Law Lawyer of the Year – Individuals. Every year since 2004, Ms. Pierce has been selected a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® by Thomson Reuters and has been named one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Pennsylvania. Ms. Pierce holds the preeminent AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell indicative of the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. In 2010, Ms. Pierce was inducted as a Fellow to the prestigious College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. Ms. Pierce is a frequent speaker and author on topics involving trial presentation, jury selection, executive compensation and employment agreements, and ERISA.
Discrimination, Retaliation, Wage Theft and Whistleblowing Litigation on Behalf of IndividualsDiscrimination in the workplace can take many forms and can affect many different protected groups of people. Federal and state laws protect against employment discrimination based on protected categories such as age, race, national origin and disability. Similarly, employees and family members may encounter retaliatory treatment resulting from their exercise of rights protected under federal and state laws or because they have “blown the whistle” on illegal or unethical practices at work. The employment discrimination lawyers at Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt and Flores represent individuals who have been discriminated against in the hiring process, in the terms and conditions of their employment, or have been declined a promotion, forced to retire early, or fired as a result of discrimination or retaliation for having engaged in protected activity.
Class Action or Collective Action On Behalf of Groups of EmployeesClass and Collective action cases brought on behalf of groups of workers have proven effective in stopping employer abuses on an industry basis. Combining claims in a class action lawsuit or collective action lawsuit also offers a strength-in-numbers approach that increases the chances for successful litigation outcomes and provides a more cost-effective means of litigation. The kinds of issues that can be remedied in a class or collective action include “wage theft” for failure to pay for all compensable time, misclassification of employees and discriminatory terminations or mass layoff selections. GPFF attorneys have distinguished themselves in the Tri-State area and across the country in representing clients who have experienced discrimination in the workplace winning substantial verdicts at trial and significant settlements.
Representing Small Business & Non-profit corporationsGreenblatt, Pierce, Funt and Flores provides defense and litigation services to employers, small companies, nonprofit organizations and unions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and across the United States. Our firm has handled class and individual employment litigation defense on behalf of small businesses and nonprofit corporations, in addition to providing training and counseling to management in litigation avoidance measures and review and revisions of personnel policies and procedures. We represent employers and unions in legal matters pertaining to federal and state labor law compliance, employee benefits, employment contracts and agreements, and performance management.
- National origin
- Ethnic Background
- Family Medical Leave Violations
- Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity
- Employee use of worker’s compensation entitlements or leave time under the Family Medical Leave Act
- Military status
- Prior criminal record
- HIV, AIDS or Genetic Information
- Illegal wage and hour practices, including violations involving failure to pay overtime , forcing workers to work “off the clock” or during meal or rest breaks without compensation, and violations of state and federal minimum wage standards;
- Misclassification of employees as independent contractors;
- Employment discrimination, including age, gender, race and religious discrimination on a class-wide basis in hiring, compensation, evaluation, promotion, layoffs or terminations
- Executive Contracts and Compensation
- Restructuring and Downsizing
- Performance Management
- EEO Compliance
- Regulatory Compliance
- False Claims Act
- Sarbanes Oxley
- Internal Corporate investigations into claims of discrimination
- Parallel Criminal or Civil Investigations